July 22, 2024

The Climate Change Commission (CCC) said there is a need for sustained efforts to combat the loss of natural resources, like nationwide tree-planting activities.

In a statement, the CCC lauded the passage House Bill (HB) 8568, which provides mechanisms that shall ensure the effective implementation of a nationwide tree-planting program.

 HB 8568 seeks to amend various sections of Republic Act 10176 or the Arbor Day Act.

CCC Vice Chairperson and Executive Director Robert Borje urged all stakeholders to join hands in addressing the climate crisis and strengthen regional and national climate change and disaster resilience.

He underscored the key roles of go-vernment agencies and legislators, business and private sector leaders, academic and research institutions, civil society and non-government organizations, and international and regional organizations to further intensify collaboration, nurture innovative solutions, and exhibit accountability across sectors and nations.

HB 8568 mandates local go-vernment units, with technical assistance from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, to identify suitable areas to be planted to various species of trees and plants, including bamboo.

Ancestral domain areas may now host tree-planting activities. 

Other possible areas for tree-planting activities are public school grounds, gardens or other available areas within the school premises; idle or vacant public lands; public parks in urban and rural areas; and private schools, parks and lands with the consent of the owner. – PNA